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Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline

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Take Back Control of Your Life

It doesn’t matter if you are using:

  • painkillers
  • depressants
  • stimulants
  • steroids

…all these prescription medications can be addictive. But if you’re ready to start a new life, prescription drug abuse hotlines are there for you.

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Call 1-888-820-6867 NOW to begin the process of change.

Our free, 24 hour a day, 7 days per week drug helpline is here to assist you.

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You are not the only one…

According to National Institute of Health (NIH), about 20% of American citizens have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Further, the non-profit Faces & Voices of Recovery estimates that 1 in 3 American families deals with addiction. Medical professionals are aware of this and – most importantly – they know that prescription drug addiction is a treatable condition.

But, we also understand that picking up the phone to seek help is not easy.To make this process more comfortable for you, we’ve covered what you can expect when calling a helpline. In this article we’ll review:

  • Who is on the other side of a hotline call.
  • What you can expect to talk about.
  • How can you prepare for the call.
  • How confidentiality works.
  • What happens after you finish the conversation.

If you still have questions about calling a prescription drug hotline, we invite them at the end of the page. In fact, we try to respond to all questions personally and promptly.

Do I Need Help?

Maybe.

If:

1. You have been on a prescription medication for a long time.

2. You use an RX med to get high.

3. You’ve started take it in larger doses, more frequently, or in routes other than prescribed

…the answer is YES.

In fact, if any of the following signs of prescription drug addiction are familiar to you, seeking advice from a prescription drug abuse hotline might be a good option.

  • You want to cut down on your use of prescription medication but never succeed.
  • Your friends or loved ones have expressed concern about your use of prescription drugs.
  • You feel guilty or remorseful about your use of prescription drugs.
  • You use prescription drugs as a way to get a kick start, get more energy, or to calm down.
  • You consume more pills than prescribed.
  • You run out of your prescription before the refill date.
  • You have gone from doctor to doctor in search of prescriptions.
  • You catch yourself lying about your prescription drug use.

Do you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one?

YOU CAN GET BETTER!!!

With the help and support of a certified treatment program, family members, and friends … a successful recovery is possible!

Calling A Prescription Drug Hotline

CALL 1-888-820-6867 for reliable advice on choosing the best course of treatment for your prescription medication problem. What can you expect from a helpline phone call?

Prescription drug helplines have been created to ease the pressure and embarrassment of asking for help. Most importantly, you can ask all the questions you have. Here is what you can expect when calling a prescription drug hotline in terms of cost, confidentiality, content, and follow-up.

Q: How much does it COST to call a prescription drug hotline?

A: Zero, zilch, nada. The majority of prescription drug helplines are free and do not require any payment.

Q: Are prescription drug hotlines CONFIDENTIAL?

A: Yes, prescription drug helplines are completely confidential and anonymous. In case the conversation is being recorded for quality assurance, you will be notified at the beginning of your call.

Q: WHO am I speaking with?

A: The prescription drug hotline staffers who answer the phone are support representatives that understand addiction and know how to speak with people facing it. They understand what you are going through and will listen, offer strategies, and give you information about treatment services that can best help you.

Q: What does the CONVERSATION look like?

The first thing you need to be prepared for is an honest conversation. Helpline consultants can offer the best services that fit your needs only if you talk openly about:

  • your prescription medication(s) of choice
  • signs and symptoms of prescription drug addiction
  • how long you’ve been using
  • how much and how often you use (especially if more than prescribed)
  • whether or not you’re using alcohol or illicit substances along with your prescription medication

With the gathered information, your helpline professional will discuss the following:

  • basic education about addiction services
  • options for prescription drug addiction treatment
  • the length of treatment
  • financing treatment and health insurance coverage
  • location of the rehabilitation services
  • what you should take with you
  • aftercare programs

NOTE HERE: Quitting prescription medications on your own is dangerous and can lead to serious health consequences. Often, drug dependence can result in intense or serious side effects during withdrawal. Please don’t make permanent choices until you’ve checked in with an objective, medically trained professional person. Also, seek medical advice anytime you want to drug detox, as cold turkey withdrawal can sometimes be life threatening.

Top 5 Prescription Drug Help and Recovery Hotlines

When you need someone to listen to you or support you through a troubled time or crisis situation. call a hotline! Hotline staff can help you sort through your addiction treatment options and find a rehab center that specializes in medication abuse treatment. Plus, you can count on trusted helplines 24/7. They are there when you are ready to take the next step.

HOTLINE #1: Call 1-888-820-6867 to talk about your concern about prescription drugs. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to find a recovery program suited to your individual needs.

HOTLINE #2: In cases of drug poisoning immediately call The Poison Control Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. You will speak with a poison expert who can assess the overdose risk and advise you on what you should do next. Prescription drug intoxication can be reversed with the timely administration of medicines and medical care.

HOTLINE #3: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) offers a round-the-clock, toll-free, and confidential support for individuals in distress. Trained professionals at this lifeline can help you contact the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.

HOTLINE #4: Pills Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership that can provide information and referral to substance abuse treatment agencies worldwide. They offer recovery from the effects of prescription drug addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.

HOTLINE #5: SAMHSA’s Treatment Referral Routing Service is online can also reached on 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). This Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and recovery (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing prescription drug abuse problems and/or mental disorders.

Calling a Hotline for a Loved One

Loved ones can also call prescription drug hotlines and find out more about pill addiction, interventions, rehabilitation, and other addiction care options.

If you have someone that you care about and suspect that they have a prescription medication addiction problem CALL 1-888-497-6879.

It is important to be prepared before you call a helpline for a loved one. Here we list a number of information helpline staff may ask from you:

OTHER SUBSTANCES: Do they take one prescription medication only, or mix several medications, alcohol, illicit drugs with it?

DURATION: How long they have been on the prescription meds (and other psychoactive substances)?

HEALTH INSURANCE: What kind of medical health insurance do they have? Does their insurance cover treatment at an HMO or PPO insurance rehab center?

PAYMENT AND FINANCES: Will the person be able to cover the cost of rehab themselves? Will you be able to help out financially?

OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: Do they suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder…etc.)?

When to Call 911 for a Prescription Drug Overdose

If you or someone close to you has taken multiple pills, more medication than they should, taken a prescription drug that is not prescribed to them, or mixed several substances…the consequences can be risky or even fatal. Here are some next steps to take if you suspect a drug overdose.

1. CALL 911 FOR HELP!

2. It is important to report possible symptoms of overdose. This makes the call a priority. Talk about what you observe: rate of breathing, unconsciousness, unresponsive, slowed heart rate.

3. Then, provide your exact location. Tell the 911 dispatcher exactly where you are (e.g. on the 3rd floor, in the living room, in the bathroom).

4. When the paramedics arrive, tell them what you know about consumption:

  • dose
  • administration
  • mixing substances

What Happens After a Prescription Drug Hotline Call?

First, you get into treatment. When you accept help, you first need to arrive and check in the prescription drug addiction treatment center. Depending on the type of treatment you need and the location of the treatment facility, there are two follow up scenarios to the process:

  1. A treatment center representative can accompany you directly to rehab.
  2. You’ll drive/fly to the residential treatment you’ve chosen by yourself.

Then, once at the treatment center, you will go through initial assessment and evaluation. During the evaluation, addiction doctors and medical staff will get to know more about you, your addiction, as well as your physical and mental health. This way, they can easily make a program which best suits your requirements and needs.

The next step is the detoxification (detox) process, during which you will be monitored by teams of rehab staff, nurses, and doctors. The medical professionals who care for you can also help prescribe medications to lessen or treat symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal as they occur.

Last, but not least, for the remaining weeks and/or months of your addiction treatment program, you will participate in psycho-social therapies and interventions often include cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviews, or counseling. This way, you can discover and address the underlying reasons which compelled you to start using your prescription medication in an addictive manner.

Call A Prescription Drug Helpline Now

When the desire to change and quit prescription drug addiction is there, one of the first steps can be contacting a prescription drug abuse hotline. Addiction treatment can help you!

Call 1-888-820-6867 to get a better understanding of your condition, find appropriate treatment and get rid of drugs once and for all.

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References Sources: NIDA: Prescription Drug: Abuse and Addiction
Facing Addiction: Advocacy and Action Agenda

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